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Economic Development


Passaic County, located in northern New Jer­sey, is devoted to the development and prosperity of its business community and actively encourages business expansion and new business relocations into the county. The county is comprised of 16 municipalities in 197.05 square miles, with a popula­tion of 490,948. The county contains urban, suburban, and rural settings from the developed urban centers of Paterson and Passaic to the sparsely developed and pictur­esque region of the Highlands with its mountains and lakes located in the Townships of West Milford and Ringwood.
The county has an impres­sive list of business assets. The commercial and indus­trial parks throughout the county provide expanding companies with opportunities for growth, while the diverse-and hardworking labor force ensures a strong and available labor pool. Companies locat­ing in the Urban Enterprise Zones in the cities of Paterson and Passaic can benefit from significant incentives and low-cost financing.

The Passaic County Division of Economic Development offers direct technical support and assistance to companies. Specific services include: 
  • Real estate identifi­cation
  • Assistance in securing loans/lines of credit
  • Man­agement of the Greater Pas­saic County Bond Program
  • Sponsorship of ISO 9001 train­ing programs
  • Redevelopment through the Passaic County Brownfields Commission
  • Promotion of filming in the county through the Passaic County Film Commission
  • Information on energy incen­tives
  • Sponsorship of technical seminars
  • Assistance with regulatory agencies on lo­cal, county, state, and federal levels

One of Passaic County’s strongest assets is its trans­portation infrastructure. Air, water, land, and rail are avail­able and major roadways include the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turn­pike, Interstates 287 and 80, state Routes 3, 19, 20, 21, 23, 46 and 208.

Current Landscape
Today, the Passaic County business landscape is defined by variety, with both large corporations and small family owned businesses making the county their home. Creating a solid base of employment for our resident labor force of approximately 250,000, this diverse mix of 15,000+ businesses provides the county with a unique atmosphere, a blending of tradition and innovation. Major employers include Maquet Cardiovascular, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Toys “R” Us, UPS, Valley National Bank, Cytec Industries, Sandy Alexander, Corrado's and Premio Foods.
Passaic County is committed to supporting the growth of its business community and welcomes investment and innovation from its corporate partners who benefit from the skills of our hardworking labor force and our business assets.